Lady Bulldogs Fall In Their Softball Season Opener

By Autumn McCoy

The Lady Bulldogs, coached by Ginger Craig and Cymantha Smelser, along with assistant coach ShaKiyah Davis, travelled north to face the Lady Falcons of Northwood in a Double Header, Monday, February 20th for their season opener.

In the first game, Bryn Danzy, #4, started the ladies in blue off at bat with the first pitch being strike, while looking, fouling off the second pitch and striking out swinging on the third pitch, and Shelby Pickett, #5, followed with another strikeout. Sarah Cormier, #18, finishes out the inning adding the final out with another strike out for the Lady Bulldogs. Danzy took the mound for the Bulldogs. It looked like they would turn the game around on defense when the first Northwood batter popped it up to right fielder, Niasia Latson, #14, for the first out. The Lady Falcons would score an astounding 7 more runs before the Lady Bulldogs would get the second out when Cormier caught a pop up to short stop. Before the game ended, the Lady Falcons would score a total of 15 runs. The ladies in blue had several errors and fell to dominant Northwood team.

In the second game, Danzy started the Lady Bulldogs off at bat but fell to another strikeout. Bulldogs next batter, Pickett, gets on base after she’s walked by the Northwood pitcher. Next up, Cormier, hit a ground ball to first and was able to make it on base, advancing Pickett to 2nd. Kinya Gray, # 12, strikes out, swinging, bringing the second out. The final out of the inning comes when Addison Bounds, #6, grounds to short stop, and she throws Cormier out at second. Cormier took the mound in the second game to pitch for the Lady Bulldogs. After scoring 13 runs, Danzy was able to assist in the first out of the inning at short stop when she threw the runner out at first to Pickett. Gray at second would catch a pop up for the second out of the inning for the Lady Bulldogs. She also had the third out at second, finally ending the inning, but not before the Lady Falcons would score a total of 15 runs for the second time of the afternoon.

Playing against a superior 5-A school early on in the season is a tough way to start the season, but it does earn the Lady Bulldogs points for playing the larger schools that will help later in the year when they are in the hunt for the playoffs.

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